|Date of Issue||December 5, 2014|
First-Class Mail Forever®
|Perforation or Dimension||0.98 x 2.07 in./24.89 x 52.52 mm|
|Series Time Span||2014|
|Issue Location||Philadelphia, PA 19153|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On December 5, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Wilt Chamberlain stamps, in two designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 18 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide December 5, 2014.
This year, the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the life of basketball superstar Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999). On the court, he was a force of nature. The 7-foot-1-inch center dominated the NBA for more than a decade, setting a plethora of individual records. As a pro, he led his teams to two NBA championships, and in 1962 he scored an NBA record 100 points in a single game.
These two Forever® stamps showcase artwork by Kadir Nelson, who created two portraits of Chamberlain. One is based on a photograph of Chamberlain in a Philadelphia Warriors uniform, the other based on an image of Chamberlain in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform. The word “Wilt” is featured in the top right or left corner of each stamp, along with the “Forever” denomination and “USA” in the bottom right or left corner of each stamp.
“Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999)” appears on the left side of the pane. Photographer Ken Regan’s image of a leaping Chamberlain in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform is featured on the right side of the pane. The flip side of the pane features biographical information about Chamberlain.
These Forever stamps® will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.